Knutsford traffic chaos on M6
A serious car crash on the M6 today caused 15 mile tailbacks with delays of approximately 90 minutes.
The 10am crash involved a flat bed lorry and car at junction 19 and 20, resulting in “major trauma” and “significant head and chest injuries”.
The northbound carriage has been closed for most of the day causing chaos for holidaymakers heading for the ariport and sports fans ready for the first day of the Football League season as well as the England v South Africa Test Match at Old Trafford.
The delays caused travellers to try and make the best of the situation by playing sports on the blocked carriageway.
The M6 has now been reopened.
An air ambulance was seen leaving the scene just before 10am at the incident on the M6 at Knutsford between junction 19 and 20.
Delays of approximately 90 minutes due to the crash, causing frustrated travellers to ditch their cars to play sports on the blocked carriageway – including the Rugby Raccoons Flag American Football team, who had a kickabout thwislt they waited for traffic to clear.
One man tweeted: “Stuck in traffic on the M6, trying to get to Old Trafford. Don’t start without us please.”
Another Twitter user warned: “Avoid #M6 j19 – j20. Serious accident between car and lorry! Traffic is horrendous, stuck in it now and expect to be for a long time.”
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: ““We were called at 8.17am to reports of an RTC on the northbound carriageway of the M6.
“We sent five resources, including an air ambulance, rapid response vehicle, road ambulance and advanced paramedic to the scene. A male patient suffered major trauma and was taken by air ambulance to Aintree Hospital with significant head and chest injuries.”
Cheshire Police said in a statement: “Officers are dealing with a two-vehicle collision which occurred on the Northbound carriageway at Lymm. The collision involved a car and a flatbed lorry which were both travelling in the same direction.
“The driver of the car has been airlifted to hospital.
“The southbound carriageway was closed to facilitate the helicopter and is now open.
“Officers remain working at the scene to establish the cause of the collision. The Northbound carriageway will remain closed to facilitate this work.
“Traffic is being diverted from junction 19 at Tabley westwards along the A556 where it re-joins the motorway at junction 20.
“The closure will be in place until at least 18:00hrs.”